Students who meet the dual studies criteria may apply for the Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant (TDEG) available at postsecondary institutions; it is funded from the proceeds of the state lottery to assist high school students with college tuition. This is not the HOPE Scholarship awarded to college students.
However, there is a Title IV requirement that may effect dual enrollment students who do not successfully complete coursework. Besides the lottery benchmark requirements, students also have to be meeting Title IV Satisfactory Progress Standards. At RSCC, this means they must complete 67% of their coursework and maintain a 2.0 college GPA. This standard is checked after spring term, so if a dual enrollment student took just a spring class and received a “D” he/she would have a college GPA of 1.0 and; therefore, the student would be placed on Financial Aid (FA) Suspension. Suspended students will need to appeal with an explanation of why they had difficulty. If the FA Appeals Committee are in agreement, the suspended high school student may be reinstated.
The TDEG is awarded to Tennessee residents who are high school juniors or seniors. As of November 2007, students no longer are required to receive both high school and college credit in order to receive grant funds. The grant pays up to $300 per semester for two semesters per academic year. Students are eligible for $300 during the summer between the junior and senior year if they have not exceeded $600 during the school year. To be eligible to renew the grant, the student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all postsecondary courses attempted under the TN Dual Enrollment Grant.
Complete details for the TDEG are found online at http://www.tn.gov/collegepays/mon_college/dual_enroll_grant_rules.htm.